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Scurvy identified in the emergency department: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11604276     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Scurvy, caused by a lack of Vitamin C in the diet, is thought to occur only sporadically in developed countries. The signs and symptoms are diverse but generally follow a predictable progression most striking for their hemorrhagic component, particularly of the skin, gums, and joints. We report a case of scurvy in an elderly, alcoholic woman. The diagnosis was contemplated based on dermatologic findings and a dietary history. All symptoms resolved within 10 days of oral ascorbic acid supplementation. Patients most at risk for developing scurvy include food faddists, the isolated elderly, and the mentally ill.
Authors:
R Stephen; T Utecht
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-17     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Service, Hospital
Female
Humans
Scurvy / diagnosis*,  therapy

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